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Ray Rice among the spectators at North Harford rec lacrosse game

A group of eighth-graders warming up for a rec lacrosse game at North Harford High School Monday night spotted an unlikely spectator - the Baltimore Ravens runningback Ray Rice - in the crowd Monday night.

Rice was at the Pylesville school Monday evening to watch his niece, who is on one of the Parkville/Loch Raven teams, play the Hawks Midget B team, said Tammy Dudick, who coaches the Jarrettsville Hawks Junior B team, which was warming up when the players spotted Rice.

One of Dudick's daughters, Megan, 12, was on the field playing Rice's niece's team, while her older daughter, Sarah, 13, was warming up.

Dudick said she made her players warm up first, but then let them go over to Rice and take pictures with him.

"One girl commented that she was in 'breathing distance' of Ray Rice," Dudick said. "They girls were all giddy and beside themselves, and a few parents, too."

Twelve-year-old Samantha Crone, whose team played Rice's niece's team, was "super excited" to meet Rice, her mom, Nicole Crone said.

"[Samantha] thought he was really cool and very nice," Nicole Crone said.

The teams play through Jarrettsville/North Harford Recreation Council.

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